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Time for the final game of the year, now please beat the 49ers.

NFL Week 17 Preview: Arizona Cardinals At San Francisco 49ers, 2:15 AZT - SB Nation Arizona
The Cardinals and 49ers close out the terrible 2010 season with a game that decides who will be the NFC West chumps.

Roberts coming on strong after slow start
Andre Roberts admits he was lost in training camp, overwhelmed by the transition from football at The Citadel to the complex, competitive world of the NFL. With a military background to keep him disciplined, Roberts kept working -- catching passes after practice day after day, running routes, working on his punt returns. Suddenly, it all seems to have clicked for the speedy, soft-spoken wide receiver.

There's hope for Cardinals, but changes are needed
A long time ago, the west could be described by one word: wild. Fast forward to the present day and the NFC West can also be described by one word: pathetic.

Disappointed Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers meet in battle for pride
What was once familiar to the Cardinals - holding funeral services for a regular season the day after it expired - is now uncommon. After two consecutive NFC West titles and playoff appearances, the Cardinals will finish the 2010 season Sunday feeling hollow because of unfulfilled expectations. In many ways, this was a throwback season for the Cardinals, which is not a good thing when you haven't won a championship since 1947. - 49ers, Cardinals play for last place in awful West
Jim Tomsula will make his NFL coaching debut for the San Francisco 49ers' season finale against Arizona in what most everybody considers a meaningless game. It's for last place in the NFL's weakest division. Perhaps for draft position, too.

Not The Matchup Expected
Finale between Cards, Niners was supposed to hold more importance

Defensive struggles mark Davis with bull's-eye
As coordinator of an underachieving Cardinals defense, Bill Davis could be coaching on borrowed time. At least that’s the view from his critics’ lofty vantage point. Davis has a different take.

Cardinals-49ers preview: No QB, no playoff hopes
The NFL got exactly what it wanted when it scheduled an NFC West divisional game in the final week of the season: two teams battling for the division title and one playoff berth. Of course, that storyline was supposed to color the 49ers-Cardinals matchup Sunday in San Francisco. Instead, the Seahawks-Rams night game in Seattle holds all the drama, while the two-time defending NFC West champion Cards and 2010's preseason favorite, the 49ers, are left to wonder what happened.

Cardinals report (12.31): Strange territory for Whisenhunt
The conclusion of Sunday’s contest in San Francisco will mark the beginning of some unfamiliar territory for coach Ken Whisenhunt. Whisenhunt has led the Cardinals to the playoffs in each of the past two seasons, and his tenure with the Steelers included several trips well into the postseason.

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Big plays by defense & special teams in 2010

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Wins or higher draft pick?

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Dan Williams - Wired

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Week 17: Cardinals vs. 49ers Preview

NFL Videos: Best & Worst Offseason Moves
Which moves helped teams? Which moves hurt? Jamie Dukes and Rod Woodson debate.

What the Rams need to upgrade offense - NFC West Blog - ESPN
I've spent the first day of 2011 accepting friend requests on Facebook. Not quite -- this was actually a chance to watch football on TV and play outside with my sons -- but thanks for responding to the NFC West personal ad from Friday. We've added a couple hundred more friends, and counting. Dan, a Rams fan, wasn't too happy with the way I've described the St. Louis Rams as a team lacking offensive firepower. I thought Kansas City's victory in the Edward Jones Dome brought to light these shortcomings. Danario Alexander and others made a few big plays to help the Rams beat San Francisco, but the 49ers clearly had more dangerous weapons. They were missing the quarterback.